Amélé Ekué, Professor of Ecumenical Ethics and Programme Executive ETE,
United Reformed Church, UK
In a first international consultation on ecumenical formation for migrant church leaders, which took place from 1 to 5 September 2014 at the Ecumenical Institute Bossey, the participants shared on the realities of migration and how they can transform how churches should do theology. One of the outcomes of this seminar was the agreement on pursuing the discussion on new forms of theological education, ecumenical learning, as well as leadership and ministerial formation arising out of the context of being church together among locals and migrants. The desideratum was formulated to systematise and evaluate the ecclesial and academic initiatives of theological education for and with migrant churches, which have spread over the past decades all over the world. The workgroup will be an excellent tool in providing expertise and exchange of resources on one of the most dynamic areas within contemporary ecumenical formation.
The workgroup seeks to contribute to networking among institutions, churches and individuals mostly professionally engaged in theological education for and among migrant/intercultural churches. It also intends to collect, analyse and evaluate resource material, to make it available for the design of taught courses programmes and thereby to support the awareness-building for opportunities arising from this field of experience for strengthening ecumenical relations. The workgroup will offer a platform for exchange on these resources, create institutional links, help to prepare regional and international events and serve as an expert pool for the dissemination of information and material, for instance through the publication of a resource guide with a directory of institutions offering ecumenical theological education in the context of migrant churches.
The main working language will be English. The languages used for data and resource collection will be English, French, Italian and German. The main activities of the workgroup will consist in the exchange on and in the collection and evaluation of teaching resources, curricula and documents on ecumenical theological education in the context of migrant and intercultural church communities in the world. The preparation of second international consultation on ecumenical theological education and migrant churches, as well as the publication of an international resource guide on ecumenical theological education and migrant churches will be complementary working methods.
Expected outcome and impact:
The workgroup intends to achieve the following expected outcome:
a) Collection of relevant resources on course design, teaching contents, methodologies and evaluation data
b) Establishment of a directory of institutions offering ecumenical theological education among and with migrant/intercultural churches
c) Preparation of a follow-up conference
d) Publication of the 2014 consultation process in an ecumenical academic journal
e) Publication of a resource guide
The impact the workgroup attempts to make is to raise awareness for the potentials of ecumenical learning and for doing theology that repose in the formation initiatives including both local and migrant church communities.
Participants in the 1-5 September 2014 consultative seminar at the Ecumenical Institute Bossey
And other selected participants (educators, practitioners, academics) from all regions of the world upon invitation
Restricted workgroup with access only to selected, ca. 30 members.
Start/end dates: 1 October 2014 until 30 September 2017
30 September 2015: completion of first collection on teaching/learning resources and curricula in the context of migrant and intercultural church communities.
30 September 2016: second international consultation on ecumenical theological education and migrant churches
30 September 2017: evaluation of resource collection and consultative process; publication of a resource guide on ecumenical theological education in the context of migrant churches